Hudson Valley Renegades: Offense Comes Alive in 7-1 Win Over Tri-City
The Hudson Valley Renegades scored just four runs in 22 innings of baseball on Tuesday. By the second inning on Wednesday night, they had already surpassed that total with six runs against the Tri-City ValleyCats. Their offense put up seven runs on ten hits and went on to beat the ValleyCats 7-1.
The Renegades wasted no time getting the scoring starting. In the bottom of the first, Deion Tansel worked a walk, Carl Chester was hit by a pitch, and Oscar Rojas singled to load the bases. Designated hitter Rafelin Lorenzo delivered a two-run single that gave the Renegades the lead and they would never look back. They added two more in the first, two in the second, and one more in the eighth.
Lorenzo had the biggest night on offense with two hits, a run scored, and two RBI. Tansel knocked in two runs, while Chester and Isaac Benard had RBIs of their own. Bill Pujols also had a great night at the plate with two hits, a walk, and two runs scored.
Hudson Valley’s offense was backed by a great pitching performance by starter Alex Valverde. In just his second start since joining the Renegades earlier this month, Valverde put together 5.2 solid innings. He allowed just one run on four hits, walked two and struck out six.
Garrett Fulenchek came in as relief and continued to distance himself from a disastrous start to the season. Fulenchek closed the game out with 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, a walk, and struck out three. He’s given up just one earned run in August.
A close eye was kept on the league scoreboard, as the Renegades started the night two and a half games behind the Staten Island Yankees in the division. The Yankees fell to the Lowell Spinners 5-6 and the Renegades’ win cuts the deficit to just a game and a half.
The victory puts the Hudson Valley Renegades at 40-28, good for the second best record in the New York-Penn League. Tri-City falls to 32-36. With just eight games left, each contest becomes more and more important as the Renegades attempt to catch the Yankees and win a division title.